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Stihl BG 50 - 412 CFM Gas Handheld Blower

The Stihl BG 50 is a gas-powered handheld leaf blower delivering 412 CFM at 159 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 27.2cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 412
MPH Up to 159
Blowing Force 13 N
Engine
Make N/A
Engine displacement 27.2cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Cruise controlNo
Fuel tank 14.5 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 7.9 lbs
Noise rating 70 dB
Warranty 2 years
CARB-compliantYes

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Description

Get superior performance from the BG 50 gasoline-powered handheld blower. Built here in America, this reasonably priced tool boasts the highest power-to-weight ratio in the STIHL gas-powered line, making it the perfect choice for homeowners seeking premium STIHL quality. Its lightweight, compact design features a fuel-efficient engine, toolless air filter access and an upright fuel tank for easier filling. Clean up yard waste and leaf piles quickly and easily with this affordable and convenient blower. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl BG 50

The Stihl BG 50 in use

The Stihl BG 50

  • Power: The Stihl BG 50 is a gas-powered blower with a maximum air volume rating of 412 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 159 MPH.
  • Handling: Being handheld, this blower has a good maneuverability and is meant to be easier to carry around over a small period of time. When compared to other gas-powered handheld blowers, the Stihl BG 50 stands out due to its lower weight: just 7.9 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower's engine has a displacement specification of 27.2cc. Being that this is a 2-stroke engine, it must be fuelled using a mix of gas and oil. The proper fuel ratio set by the manufacturer for the BG 50 is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: For those who are keen on having complete control while operating their leaf blower, the BG 50 offers variable speed settings.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 70 dB can be considered the standard for similar gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: Its tank can hold 14.5 fl. oz., so it falls squarely in the average in terms of fuel capacity for handheld blowers.

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The Stihl BG 50's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BG 50 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • The air speed of the Stihl BG 50 maxes out at 159 MPH. While more than adequate for many jobs, its air speed is below average among other gas-powered handheld blowers. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Craftsman BV2500, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 250 MPH.
  • Its max air volume rating (412 cubic feet per minute) means it is really not the biggest air producer of gas-powered handheld blowers. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Craftsman B225, which boasts with 650 CFM.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other gas handheld blowers, the Stihl BG 50 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this blower nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Lightweight (7.9 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (14.5 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (70 dB)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No cruise control
  • Low CFM (412 CFM)
  • Low MPH (159 MPH)

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About Stihl

Stihl AG & Company KG was founded by Andreas Stihl in 1926. The German company specializes in handheld outdoor power equipment. Over the past fifty years, Stihl has opened manufacturing plants in Brazil, the United States, and China. The German company’s sure and steady expansion has made it a leading provider of in the lawn, forestry, and landscape maintenance industries.

Warranty Information

The Stihl BG 50 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Stihl blowers, please consult Stihl's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-467-8445.

Questions & Answers

Is BG 50 easy to start (Asked October 1, 2021)

The unit features a standard pull-start mechanism. It is not fitted with Stihl's Easy2Start technology, which allows units to attempt to start no matter how hard the rope was pulled. To find a Stihl unit that benefits from this technology, look for the letters "C-E" in the model name.

What is the spark plug gap on the BG50 (Asked February 28, 2023)

Gap should be 0.02 in.

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Stihl BG 50
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    Enrique M Alcaraz August 1, 2023 at 1:19 am
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    The stihl bg50 is decent and feels and looks good quality for a lower end gas blower…. in comparison to others in its range, Stihl did a good design on this blower… echo coming at 2nd….. it’s a good little blower for a homeowner that won’t use it much maybe after trimming the lawn.. I have 2 of these… and also own backpack blowers of various brands. All my lawn equipment looks and works like new…

    + PROS: Light weight, first pull starts every time... quality material... after removing the spark arrestor and tuning the carb, you'll feel a huge difference with faster response and move more air... a bit louder but tune to that sweet spot almost like a 4 stroke and you'll have a very good bg50....
    - CONS: No shoulder strap nor tube attachments
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    Kenneth Rutledge June 7, 2023 at 12:07 pm
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    Just need a good strap incorporated in the next blower. When your 70 you are lucky to even mow the grass or edge. So get a strap for this monster,great blower. Strong!

    + PROS: Great machine!
    - CONS: No shoulder strap would help elderly like me. Thanks for reading.
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    The Big 50 performs great, one of the best leaf blowers I have used in years, starts with one or two pulls , I have found it to be very easy to use and light , only wish it had an attachment to reduce the airflow so one can control the leaf direction better. otherwise one heck of a machine.

    + PROS: Great price Powerful for a lightweight machine.
    - CONS: no attachment to help direct air flow.
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